Interbike 2015: Jeff Jones brings the Gnarwhal

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More bosses, and boost.
More bosses, and boost.

We spent a good deal of time at Interbike on Wednesday talking to the fascinating and animated Jeff Jones, gaining insight into the the thoughts behind his eponymous line of unique steel and titanium bikes and accessories.  Designed for versatility, the Jones range tends toward the thoroughly-rack’d and fat-tyred, with a riding position, with a focus on removing weight from the front wheel.

Nicely integrated dropouts
Nicely integrated thru axle

Slack head angles and long fork offsets result in minimal trail, creating a unique combination of long wheelbases and quick handling.  For 2016, the 29+ Jones Plus becomes even more so, with added bosses for bottles and cargo, a rear thru axle, and an upgrade to boost hub spacing.

Plus Minus
Plus Minus

Also new was a 23in (top tube) model.  Smaller riders rejoice!

Filling the hole in the loop
Filling the hole in the loop

Made by Revelate Designs, the Loophole bag fits nicely in Jones’ H-Bars, keeping necessities close at hand.

GnarwhalWhile the trademark Jones H-Bar offers a number of hand positions for trail riding and touring, we spotted what we thought was a unicorn at the back of the booth.  We were close- the centre handlebar extension is being called the Gnarwhal and combines with the H-Bar to offer riders everything from the “full Mary Poppins” position to a flat-back aero tuck.  Seems like just the thing for an assault on the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route.

 

Comments (1)

  1. Sorry dude but I’ve been calling my Trigger the Gnarwhale for ages. Who do I get my lawyers to call?

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